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10 tips on how to read any book in 7 days (or less).

Tips for those who read slow or lack the time to read.


  1. it's good advice esp about pacing yourself through a book - but cut yourself some slack if you're reading an important book like 'midnight's children' which takes more brain cells

    i always read when i eat - it's my favourite reading time and i read on public transport

    but i do reread parts when i love the way something is done and find it a great way to learn

  2. Ha ha ha, Ted. I'm actually one of those who can zoom through a book in a day. Especially if it's an unputdownable thriller.

  3. Sharon: I can't zoom through Midnight's Children no matter how hard I tried! But I have finished the book at last... am now going through something a little less brainy... like something from Michael Crichton :D I read when I eat too, but only magazines. Eating rice with hands while holding a paperback (or worse, a hard cover!) requires too much effort, methinks!

    Xeus: I envy you! Though I've had my share of zooming through unputdownable thrillers too... like when I read marathon-read Dan Brown's four books three years ago.

  4. well done finishing "midnight's children" - hope you enjoyed it

    yes, you deserve a lighter read after that marathon!

    reading when eating requires practice. i wrote a sort of how-to guide here.

  5. Let me echo Namra: Ha! Priceless!

    Do you eat while reading online? I know I do... my huge list of blogs that I have to read calls for a hefty serving of nosh!

  6. my blog writing is fuelled by tea but i find it hard to eat when i'm surfing 'cos i need 2 hands

  7. Hehe... All I can say is it needs practice... ;)

  8. Hi Ted

    All that hard work and all those long months of toil and someone just zips through the beautiful writing you've spent ages agonising about... It's fab if the reason is they are enjoying the book but if it's only so they don't waste time reading and if they hurry up, they can get on with their lives and other books piled up on their desks: for a writer, it's a bit depressing

    A friend once apologised to me that she read my novel The Flame Tree in one sitting one night. She said, "I know it took you eighteen months to write and here, I've finished it in under 12 hours." I like to think it was a compliment that she couldn't put it down.....

    Yang-May Ooi

  9. Oh I don't know... I don't think a reader that's NOT enjoying a book would even bother to actually attempt to finish reading the book, much less to finish it quickly! I'd be more worried if the reader stopped half-way (or worse, only 2 pages in) then never continued reading the book again.

    Having a reader finish your book in 12 hours is indeed a compliment--a testimony of how well you write!


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